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Brasília, Brasil

April 08,2016

News in Brief

Africa and the African Union

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deal with shared challenges (April 7). The two sides met for the biggest Africa-EU political meeting of the year to share views on key themes such as migration, peace, security and sustainable growth.

The African Union observed a two day commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of Rwandan genocide under the theme "Fighting Genocide Ideology" (April 7-8). (See article)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa launched its Economic Report, Africa 2016 this week (April 4-6) at a Ministerial Conference. (See article)


Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, accompanied by First Lady Roman Tesfaye and other senior government officials started a three day official visit to Ghana (April 7).

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addressed the AU-ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (April 04, 2016). (See article)

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn following his meeting with the Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel on Wednesday (April6), said Ethiopia and Algeria will cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held discussion with High Representative for Foreign Affairs of European Union, Ms. Federica Mogherini on Thursday (April7). The two sides discussed on issues of regional peace and security, migration, among others.

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom received Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo on Monday (04 April 2016). Discussions centered on various bilateral, regional and continental issues of mutual concern.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie met with Mrs. Nicole Reberton, New Zealand's Special Representative to the United Nations Security Council and Mr. Anthony Simpson, New Zealand's Political Coordinator at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (April 06, 2016).  The two sides dealt at length on ways of promoting global peace and security, and shared experiences on working as a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie received a South Sudanese delegation headed by former Ambassador to Ethiopia Akuei Bona Malawal on Wednesday (April 06, 2016). Ambassador Akuei said his country stands by the Ethiopian side and supports the ongoing campaign for a non-permanent seat in the UNSC and Dr Tedros' candidacy for the post of Director Generalship of the WHO.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie met with Mr. Adan Muse Jibril, a representative of the Somaliland administration (April 06, 2016). Discussions focused on enhancing the partnership in the fight against al-shabaab and strengthening cooperation concerning Berbera Port.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie received a delegation from the US National War College (April 04, 2016) and briefed them on the Ethio-US relations and issues of regional peace and security.

State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ahmed Shide said Ethiopia is keen to be a model in cooperation between Africa and China (April 7).

European Commission has announced €122.5 million euro for Ethiopia to address the immediate needs of people affected by the El Niño-driven drought in Ethiopia today (April8)

Middle East Affairs Director-General Ambassador Siraj Reshid, told Ethiopian News Agency, that Ethiopia's economic relations with Middle Eastern countries have been on a steady growth.

The Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) tasked with "creating conducive conditions for the realization of real transformative change in the Horn of Africa and beyond" launched on Tuesday (April 5) in Addis Ababa. In the occasion, Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom said indigenous research institutions help to address problems at the Continental and regional levels.

The House of People's Representatives (HPR) has on Tuesday (April 5) ratified the draft bill which allows Ethiopia to join the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATIA). 

The annual digital diplomacy review (DDR 16) has ranked Ethiopia 3rd in Africa and 76th worldwide in digital diplomacy.

An expansion project to raise Bole International Airport's annual passengers' handling capacity to 20 million is well in progress. (April 6)

A Turkish Company said it was keen to engage in Ethiopia's telecom sector at a cost of 3 billion USD (April 7)

According to the Horn of Africa nation's athletics federation (April 7) Ethiopia will test more than 350 athletes for the use of banned substances by November.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) is set to begin   selection of agencies to commence overseas recruitment programs within the coming 2-3 months. (April 6)

 The Oromia regional state is due to unveil a 300 million birr project to address youth unemployment (April 7).

Flooding in Jigjiga town, Ethiopian Somali Regional state has claimed the lives of 15 people, including 7 children. (April 4).


Djibouti is holding presidential elections today, Friday (April 8). President Ismail Omar Guelleh, seeking a fourth term of office, is facing a challenge from two candidates from the opposition coalition, the Union of National Salvation, and three independents.


BBC reports (April6) security forces in Eritrea's capital Asmara have killed several young conscripts who tried to escape the convoy they were travelling in. There were also civilian casualties after some of the recruits' friends and family used a bus to block the road to help them escape.


President Kenyatta, on a visit to Europe this week, has told German Chancellor, Angela Merkel that cutting the funding to the troops in Somalia would be a grave mistake. He said the funding needed to be increased to levels commensurate, "with similar UN peace enforcement missions."

The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Tuesday (April 5) that Kenya's Deputy President, William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang had no case to answer. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday (April7) expressed gratitude to the African Union and its individual member states for standing in solidarity with Kenya as the country battled International Criminal Cases (ICC).

Senior energy experts from across the world have on Wednesday (April 6) kicked off an international conference in Nairobi to address investors' concerns when setting up energy projects.


Federal Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed signed an agreement on how to hold this year's election in Somalia on Sunday (April3). The ceremony was attended by Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister and Chairperson of IGAD Council of Ministers, Dr. Tedros Adhanom and other members of the international community (See article

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini expressed her appreciation of the recent agreement signed between Somalia Federal Government and Puntland. Mogherini hailed the deal on the election model during a meeting with Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom.

The International Monetary Fund on (April 7) said Somalia has marked a milestone in its development by taking steps to normalize relations with international financial institutions.

South Sudan

IGAD Special Envoys, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin from Ethiopia, General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya and General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa El Dabi of Sudan, presented their final report to Dr. Tedros Adhamon, Chair of the IGAD Council of Ministers at a ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on Saturday (April 2). (See article)

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday (April 7) renewed, until 1 June, its sanctions regime imposed last year against those blocking peace in the war-torn country, including a travel ban and a freeze on their assets.

South Sudan's First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, via his spokesperson James Gatdet Dak, announced (April 6) that he will arrive in the national capital, Juba, on 18 April.

JEMEC Chair, Festus Mogaehas expressed his wish and willingness to help facilitate the first meeting between President Salva Kiir and Vice President designate Riek Machar (April 5)

WFP and FAO's assessment report (April 5) showed civil strife and unfavorable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 metric tons, 53% higher than in 2015


Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Wednesday (April 7) said he will step down by 2020 and won't run for office again.

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday (April 6) has called on the Sudanese opposition groups to sign a roadmap for peace and democratic reforms brokered by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

U.N. Security Council, peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous on (April 7) said clashes and bombing continue to take place in Darfur area of Jebel Marra between the government forces and the fighters of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahdi al-Nur.